Monday, April 20, 2009

MISSPELLING MONDAY for April 20, 2009

I'd heard about this awful misspelling and was searching for pictures of it when Red Pen, Inc. reader LEANNE read my mind and sent me two pictures of this crazy mistake. The Washington Nationals had a spelling snafu on their hands--or more accurately, on their players' chests!--on Friday. Apparently the word "National" is really difficult to spell correctly. Who knew?


I'd also like to point out that in addition to the jerseys being adorned with this awful misspelling, Yahoo didn't exactly come across as extremely intelligent with their photo captions... "A jersey spelled 'Natinals'" is not exactly the most accurate description. The jersey is spelled j-e-r-s-e-y. The name on the jersey is what's misspelled. Ugh.

I've gotta wonder what went down on Friday when these players were getting dressed for the game. Do you think the players noticed the misspelling and either didn't care or were told to wear them anyway, or do you think they didn't notice at all until it was waaaaaay too late?

Thanks, LEANNE, for finding photographic evidence of this hilarious error!

20 comments:

LadyStyx said...

omg...someone seriously fubarred.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I think I've finally found the answer to "What could possibly make baseball players less hot?" Obviously it's "When they're wearing spelling mistakes on their uniforms." Sigh.

Bridgete said...

OMG, that is so sad. I hope at least one of the players noticed beforehand.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I hope so, too! Those poor guys.

Wordacious said...

As awful as the misspelling on the jerseys was, I almost get a bigger kick out Yahoo's "jersey spelled 'natinals'" error. Great catch Grammarphile.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Love your new moniker, Wordacious! :)

I, too, am quite amused by the Yahoo error. If "jersey" is really spelled "Natinals," then I suggest we start spelling the word "Yahoo" like i-d-i-o-t. Or possibly m-o-r-o-n. What do you think? :)

sitboaf said...

Could the missing "O" have been accidentally placed on the other flap, and covered when the jersey is buttoned?
It would still be a mistake, but a sewing mistake.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

That's not out of the realm of possibility, but I keep studying these pictures--and several more that have popped up on Deadspin and other such sites--and it definitely looks like the "O" just isn't there on any of those jerseys.

If I need to check into this issue more thoroughly, I would be OK with examining Zimmerman's jersey just to make absolutely certain there's no "O" hiding there. He might need to take off that jersey just so I can double-check. :)

Dave said...

It almost looks like the O could be tucked under the buttoned portion of the shirt..as also noticed by sitboaf. However I think it is extremely moar likely that spelling was once again the culprit behind this debacle. And I'm guessing no one realized until they were already out on the field...ouch.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I'm about 98% certain that this is a spelling snafu. But I'll reiterate, I'd be more than happy to take a closer look at these jerseys* while they're on the players...just to make sure the players aren't being silly and tucking any letters behind their buttons. This is all for the sake of good spelling, of course.

* And if anyone is ever crazy enough to let me do that, I swear I'll find a way to make a letter or two go missing off the front of some Phillies or Twins jerseys just so I can give those players--er, *jerseys*--a closer look...

ChicagoLady said...

I hope the manufacturer of their jerseys was fired for that spelling error. How embarassing to be a Major League team, and have to wear minor league jerseys.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Major league team.

Minor league jerseys.

Bush-league error!

Carlos said...

I saw that the other day on the news and couldn't believe it. How so many people could let those jerseys go is beyond me!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I know! And I wonder how many MORE of the jerseys were made like that. Craziness!

J. Alfred Proofreader said...

Great catch, Grammarphile. This one is truly inexcusable. I mean, how many people have to sign off on that before the jerseys get put in the players' lockers???

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thanks, Proofreader! (I'm just glad this embarrassing error didn't happen to our Phillies...) :)

sitboaf said...

Some genius of a clubhouse attendant probably saved those incorrect jerseys and will retire on the profit he makes selling them in 20 years.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

That's a hell of an idea!

sitboaf said...

The explanation:
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090421&content_id=4368396&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Thanks, Sitboaf! :)